Norway is a leader in the global transition towards an inclusive green economy, and is paving a path for nations to reduce climate change and pursue the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. PAGE is a proud partner of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI), which supports the United Nations Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) among other initiatives that create the enabling conditions for green economy, and catalyze action to reduce emissions and conserve natural resources.
On 14-15 June, Norway hosted the Oslo REDD Exchange Conference 2016. The event convened REDD+ stakeholders from civil society, governments, private sector and academia with the aim to promote the successful implementation and integration of REDD+ lessons through the exchange of perspectives, experiences and forward-looking ideas.
PAGE participated in the event, building on the collaboration initiated between UN-REDD and PAGE in Peru, where linkages have been created to support the implementation of the National Strategy for Forests and Climate Change.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg opened the event, and highlighted the role of partnerships, rural and indigenous communities, and national and local level governments for protecting forests and biodiversity - “Our forest and climate partnerships are broadening. This reflects the fact that forest play a key role in mitigating climate change.” Erik Solheim, the new Executive Director of UNEP, spoke of the role of business and the private sector as partners towards sustainability, noting that “we have learned the power of good economics”.
In addition to supporting key initiatives such as NICFI, the Government of Norway has made great strides towards an inclusive green economy with the ratification of the Paris Agreement. Furthermore, during the transition to a new government, the commitment to NICFI and efforts to decarbonize the economy have remained strong and have renewed enthusiasm from leaders across the government.
Norway’s contributions towards PAGE exemplify this commitment to partnership and inclusivity towards sustainable development. The support Norway provides to initiatives like UN-REDD and PAGE enables coordinated action to protect forests and biodiversity, reduce climate change, and achieve the ambitious goals set out in the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.